March 1, 2017 - In This Issue:
Under One Roof: A New Approach to Updates on the CAHMI
With the new season comes a new approach to updating our partners and data users on news from the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative! We hope that this one column design makes it easier for you to read our newsletters on your phones and tablets, so that you can get all your child health updates on the go! The new approach also reflects that under the umbrella of  the CAHMI , we have several projects including the Data Resource Center, the  Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network (MCH-MRN), and family engagement tools such as the Well Visit Planner (see more below), and we want to make sure you know about and can access all of our data and resources.
Come Join Us at the 2017 AMCHP Conference! 
This year's  Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs  (AMCHP) Annual Confe rence  will take place in Kansas City, MO, at the  Kansas City Marriott Downtown from March 4th-7th. Please check out  the CAHMI's two presentations at the conference:
  • First, we have a skills-building workshop (A4) on Saturday morning from 9 AM-12 PM: Get Data and Tools Now: Tour the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health and the Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network
  • We also have a poster which will be available to view as part of Group BEngagement 2.0: The Cycle of Engagement to Advance Well and Routine Health Visits for Children, Youth, and CYSHCN. Presentation hours for this poster are Monday, March 6, from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m and Tuesday, March 7, from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

In addition, please come visit us at Booth #51 in the Exhibit Hall from Sunday through Tuesday -- we'd love to say hello!

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Engage Parents Using the Mobile Optimized 
Well Visit Planner Tool!

The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative has recently optimized our free online Well Visit Planner (WVP) tool for mobile use! The WVP h elps parents of children ages four months to six years plan for their child's next preventive care visit by answering questions about the child's growth and development, choosing priorities for discussion, and getting a personalized visit guide. The tool takes less than 10 minutes to complete and is based upon recommendations established by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Bright Futures Guidelines (for more information on the WVP, see past newsletters ).

With mobile optimization of the WVP, it's now easier than ever to use this tool on a cell phone or tablet, and you won't need a printer to keep a copy of your visit guide! The benefits of using the mobile optimized tool include:
  • You can fill it out at your convenience, whether you are home, on a bus, or waiting for an appointment.
  • You can save the visit guide on your phone or tablet so it is readily available when you go to your next doctor's appointment.
  • You can email the visit guide directly from your phone or tablet to your provider's office so they have a copy BEFORE you get there and are aware of what you need and want from the visit.
  • You can upload the visit guide into a patient portal or send to a family member or someone who cares for your child.
  • You can download the visit guide and keep it as part of your child's health record.
Check it out  on your smart phone or tablet, and let us know what you think!

In addition, the CAHMI is developing a routine care planner for children with special health care needs called RISE (Reflect, Identify, Select, Engage), and are collaborating with Family Voices to make sure that the tool is driven by parent needs. Watch this space for more updates!
Explore the Data Resource Center Website!

As many of you know, the Data Resource Center (DRC) website allows for easy access to data from five national surveys using an interactive data query. However, you may not know that the DRC website also contains a wealth of additional resources, from examples of data-in-action to survey supporting documents to creative data visualizations (see more on this in the next section)! Our goal is to provide a series of tools and information which will help to more effectively meet your needs for improving the health of children, adolescents, and families throughout the country! Here are two examples of what we provide:

DRC in the NewsThe Data Resource Center is a useful resource for academic researchers, policymakers, educators, and children ' s health advocates. The DRC in the News page features recent press coverage of findings that used the National Survey of Children ' s Health and other surveys hosted on the DRC, from sources such as the Center for American Progress, Vox, CNN, and various local news sources such as the Lincoln Journal Star and the Concord Monitor. This page also includes details on our most recent newsletters and an archive of all past newsletters.

Data in Action The Data in Action section of the DRC website is a useful tool for accessing examples of data use, data briefs and reports, presentations, publications, and chartbooks using DRC data, as well as other tools for effective data use and stories of DRC data in action. We encourage you to use these pages for inspiration on the many uses of data from surveys hosted on the DRC, as well as for background information for your own research.
Tell Your Story Using Our New Customizable Profiles Feature

We have recently expanded our  Data Snapshots   section to include several  customizable profiles   tailored to national measurement and action frameworks  for child, adolescent, and family health and well-being. These profiles will allow users to view data from the National Survey of Children's Health through the lens of a framework of interest and/or relevance to their work. Users will be able to create a   customized multiple-indicator state data report , with indicators   stratified by demographics and other characteristics , available in both   table and chart formats

For the first wave of this project, you will be able to find profiles for NSCH measures relevant to 7 national measurement and action frameworks:
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health
  • Office of Adolescent Health's Think, Act, Grow®
  • Administration on Children, Youth, and Families' Well-being framework
  • Healthy People 2020 Topics and Objectives
  • Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants of Health
  • Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Title V National Performance Measures & National Outcome Measures
  • Center for the Study of Social Policy's Strengthening Families Protective Factors
In the future, we plan on expanding this feature to include even more frameworks, including Medicaid/ CHIPRA and our own MCH Measurement Research Network framework. Additionally,  we would love your input on what would be most useful to you ! Please e-mail us at  to nominate frameworks for inclusion!
Join the MCH Measurement Research Network

The CAHMI is currently leading the Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network (MCH-MRN), a project funded by HRSA/MCHB whose purpose is to advance the availability and effective use of valid and actionable MCH measures to ensure data-driven innovation and shared accountability for improving outcomes and systems performance on behalf of the nation's children, youth, and families. And we'd love for you to join us!

At this time, we'd like to solicit your input on: 1) what you perceive as the key priorities for MCH measurement research, 2) tools the MCH-MRN has developed so far, and 3) how you would like to participate in the MCH-MRN. Your input is extremely valuable to us, and will guide the Network's activities for years to come. In particular, your feedback will help us collaboratively develop a national strategic agenda for MCH measurement research. We will also be reaching out towards the end of March to start formulating our MCH-MRN Technical Working Groups (TWGs) on particular topics. If you are interested in participating in a TWG, please indicate which one in the input tool, and look out for a TWG kick-off email from us in a few weeks.

The input tool will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  We know that your time is extremely limited, so the CAHMI team is more than happy to solicit your input over the phone -- if this is preferable.  Please contact Caitlin Murphy, Research Program Manager, at to schedule a time.
The input tool can be found here:

If you have any questions about the Network, please don't hesitate to let us know.